Assistantships and Funding

Teaching Assistantships (PhD only)

The Department of Classics supports approx. 18 students in the PhD program through teaching assistantships; typically, 4 or 5 of these are awarded each year to incoming students. The expected workload for TAs is 20 hours per week. In Fall 2017, the base stipend for entering TAs was approximately $14,000. Teaching Assistantships provide a full tuition scholarship and medical insurance, and are renewable for up to four years of support for students making satisfactory progress towards the PhD. The department is occasionally able to extend support for a fifth year for students in good standing.

Students entering the program with a teaching assistantship are usually assigned to assist in World Civilization 1. Their duties typically include conducting three 50-minute discussion sections with approx. 25 students per week, delivering occasional lectures to the entire class, and assisting with the composition and grading of exams. Advanced teaching assistants are usually provided the opportunity to teach one or more courses on their own during their third and/or fourth year of service. The courses regularly assigned to advanced teaching assistants include Latin 101 and 102, Women in the Ancient World, Ancient Sports, Heroes and Medical Terminology.

As many as five teaching assignments (based on enrollments) are also available for graduate students for the June and July summer sessions. These currently carry a salary of $2,000-$2,200. The courses regularly taught during these sessions include Latin 101 and 102, Myth and Religion in the Ancient World, Heroes, and Medical Terminology.

Graduate students serving as sole instructors are supervised by faculty in the Department of Classics. 

Faculty Supervision Guidelines

The following guidelines govern Classics faculty supervision of graduate students serving as sole instructors:

1. A faculty member assumes responsibility for supervising whichever graduate students serve as sole instructor in a specific course for a three-year period.

2. When a graduate student is assigned to that course he/she is informed of the faculty member who will serve as his/her supervisor, while the faculty supervisor is informed of the student/students who will be teaching the course for which he/she is responsible during the coming semester.

3. The faculty supervisor and graduate student instructor meet well before the beginning of the semester to review what will be involved in teaching the course.

4. The graduate student instructor provides the faculty supervisor with a draft copy of the proposed syllabus for his/her review and comment not less than one week before the beginning of the semester.

5. The faculty supervisor makes himself/herself available to the graduate student instructor for consultation throughout the semester.

6. The faculty supervisor and graduate student instructor arrange for a mid-semester course evaluation and review together the results of this evaluation.

7. The faculty supervisor audits at least one class meeting of the course as agreed with the graduate student instructor.

8. After the conclusion of the semester the faculty supervisor and the graduate student instructor hold a meeting at which they review the latter’s performance in the course.

Presidential Fellowships and Dean's Scholarships

Applicants to the PhD program with a particularly strong record (including conspicuously high GRE scores and/or a high undergraduate grade point average) may be nominated by the department for a Presidential Fellowship or a Dean’s Scholarship. These awards, which are offered competitively at the University and College levels, provide supplements of approximately $6,000 and $4,000, respectively, to the base teaching assistantship stipend, for a combined stipend of either approximately $20,000 or $18,000. The department has enjoyed considerable success in recent years, with nearly all of its nominees securing one or the other of these two awards.

Dissertation Fellowships

The College of Arts and Sciences may offer Dissertation Fellowships in the amount of $6,000 to assist advanced doctoral students in completing their dissertations.

UB Financial Assistance

Graduate applicants may be eligible for several other sources of funding offered by the University at Buffalo and the College of Arts and Sciences, including:

The Neely Fund

The James P. Neely Memorial Fund offers approximately $2,000 per year to support UB students in the Department of Classics. All declared Classics Majors (BA) and Classics MA and PhD students are eligible to receive funding. Funds may be used for educational expenses, travel or study abroad, or other purposes deemed by Department of Classics faculty as advancing the student’s experience and understanding of the classical world.

Travel Funding

The Department of Classics provides modest amounts of travel funding to graduate students when available to help with the expenses involved in interviewing for jobs and making presentations at the AIA and APA meetings, making presentations at regional conferences, undertaking dissertation research and participation in archaeological field projects.

How to Apply for Travel Funding

Each year, there will be two deadlines for submissions of applications for funding, one during the fall semester (November) and one during the spring semester (April). In order to be considered for funding, students must submit one document to Alison Blaszak that includes the following information:

  1. Applicant’s name
  2. Activity for which funding is being requested (nature, dates)
  3. Projected budget for activity
  4. Amount of funding requested from the Department of Classics
  5. Other sources of funding applied for or to be applied for to help cover costs of activity in question (e.g., GSA, AIA traveling fellowship, etc).
  6. Funding previously obtained from Department of Classics for research activities (amount, date)

Please note: For spring travel funding requests, students must leave for their destination no later than June 30. (E.g. Trip dates can be 6/30 – 7/29, but not 7/1 – 7/29.) Requests for travel after June 30 will not be considered. All reimbursements for the spring requests need to have taken place by June 30. 

Policies Regarding Departmental Funding

The Department of Classics is willing to offer graduate students funding in support of the following activities relating to research and job hunting. The list is prioritized in descending order. Students may apply for funding for more than one event per year, but first-time applicants will be given preference.

  1. Presentation of a paper or poster at AIA/APA meetings or other scholarly conferences (up to $250) *
  2. Attending AIA/APA meetings for job interviews (up to $250) **
  3. Participation in archaeological field work directed by member of U. at Buffalo Department of Classics (up to $500) ***
  4. Participation in archaeological field work directed by member of U. at Buffalo faculty not a member of Department of Classics (up to $500)  ***
  5. Participation in other type of summer training program (e.g., American Numismatic Society, American Academy in Rome Summer Program in Archaeology) or thesis research (up to $500) ***
  6. Participation in archaeological field work directed by someone not a member of U. at Buffalo faculty (up to $500) ***
  7. Other research activities (up to $ 250) ****

*Funds can be employed for reimbursement of registration, hotel, travel and/or materials/slides/printing expenses. Failure to honor these obligations will result in loss of funding.

**Funds can be employed for reimbursement of travel expenses. Failure to honor these obligations will result in loss of funding.

***Funds can be employed for reimbursement of travel expenses, living expenses, and/or tuition. Failure to honor these obligations will result in loss of funding.

****One-time grant to be awarded in the year in which the student defends his/her dissertation. Students who hold a full-time academic appointment or equivalent are ineligible for this support. Funds can be employed for reimbursement of registration, hotel, and/or travel expenses. Failure to honor these obligations will result in loss of funding.